Bryce: for some, tiny homes are a longterm solution. B: For others, they’re just a stepping stone. B: We’re about to meet a young couple who’ve built their very own Tiny House on wheels. B:.which has now become a kind of enabler for them to now look . B:.at purchasing a larger house, where they can start thinking about. B:.adding a few more members to the family.
B: hey, how’s it going? holly: hi there! H: Good, how are you? B: Nice to meet you, Holly! H: Nice to meet you! B: G’day Oli, how you doin’, mate? B: This, here, is a VERY impressive looking Tiny House! HO: Thanks! B: She is a big one, as well, so .
B: . how big is this one, actually? H: Ah, 7 metres by 3 metres (23 feet by 10 feet) B: 7 by 3? H: Yeah. so we went wider. B: Definitely. B: Not one that you’ll want to be transporting on the road very often? H: No, for us it was always. the point was to move it just once or twice, and then just leave it.
H: .onsite, and, yeah, we thought it was worth some extra stress transporting it for the extra space living in it. O: So, I’ve always been obsessed with Tiny Apartments and things like that . O: . and, um, I was actually just watching one of YOUR tutorials O: . the one on Brett*, and Holly saw it. (*Amazing DIY OffGrid Modern Tiny House) O: .and was like man, what’s this, this is pretty interesting. O: And so we watched it together, ay, and. H: And I said we should do it!.
O: we should do it! O: So, yeah, we started, like, taking things out on the floor and. H: Yeah. O: Every time we were at the beach, drawing things in the sand and. H: Yeah, we had, like, fullon tape measures and stuff H: .and we’d draw up floor plans, and we went through heaps of different designs. lots and lots of different plans. H: All sorts of stuff .
H: but basically the main thing that made us do it was just that we wanted the adventure. O: Yeah, the adventure. B: Well, the place looks REALLY nice from the outside. B: Let’s have a look on inside, see what you’ve done. H: Awesome, come on in. B: What a lovely home! H: Yeah, she’s cool, hey? Thank you!.
B: it’s all so open and light, isn’t it? H: Yeah, that was a big part for us. H: We have 9 windows and this tiny little space and it was always about making it light and airy. H: . and getting the sunshine in, all the time. O: Yeah O: So we’d seen, like, a lot of those Americanstyle Tiny Houses. O: And they didn’t really work for how we like to live and, um, you know, they’re pretty amazing but.
O: . we tried to take the kiwi approach to it, you know open plan. O: . big doors looking out onto the view and the deck. H: Yeah O: It was the main thing we had in mind when we built it actually, was the light, bright open feel. B: I really love what you’ve done here with this climbing wall. B: This is such a clever way of getting into the loft. H: Yeah, it’s cool, ay?.
We spent about, i think it must have been, 3 weeks down on frank kitts park actually taking the house apart, cleaning it, and meticulously packaging it for the 1 month journey it was about to go on.it was quite a task just cleaning the components first but we got there well in the end, with a small crew, a dedicated crew the process we went through in terms of actually taking the house apart was pretty much.
Exactly the reverse of how we put it together we took all the cladding off.the canopy down then got in a crane to pull apart the house’s modules and lift them on to trucks, and the trucks took them up to Tauranga, where they got loaded on to flat rack containers So the house has already landed in the States so it went through Tauranga, it left at the port of Tauranga,.
Stopped over in south america, went through the Panama Canal, and then up to Philadelphia on the East coast then from there we trucked it down to Washington D.C. where it’s currently sitting at the moment So quite a long journey, it was about 4 weeks at sea,.
And we’re really looking forward to getting over there The ministry of Science and Innovation is a new ministry, we have responsibility for the innovation ecosystem, we know we’re a very inventive nation and we know that in many cases we can take that invention and turn it into really innovative solutions I think the First Light house is a great example of that.
I think one of the things we’ll be looking to do once the house is back from washington is look at how we take some of the innovation that is embodied in the house, and look to see how we can commercialise it to benefit New Zealand I think it’s fantastic I think it embodies everything that’s great about New Zealand .it’s very unique, very distinctive. So I think it’s going to really impress the rest of the world and they’ll be amazed to see, once again.
What little old new zealand can come up with! In the past few weeks we’ve just been looking at the logistics around the competition as well as, you know, everything else that goes with it trying to integrate 30 people into the competition in terms of assembly, the competition phase, as well as the disassembly. The team is actually going in 2 groups, 1 is leaving 2 weeks prior to the other half of the team.
They’re going there to sort out the preassembly check out the modules, make sure everything got there safe and sound, and then the rest of the team will arrive meet up with them at our residence and then we’ll get cracking into the assembly stage. We’re actually staying with a local resident in Washington, Joe Manelski kindly allowed us to come and stay at his house.it is a big group of people to invite into your home,.
So we’re really appreciative of him doing so. The event on Thursday night was the final farewell, the first group of 10 is heading off on the 10th, and this was just their opportunity to say thanks to the sponsors, to farewell us as a group, and also to bring everyone together for the one last opportunity Regardless of what ever stage it has been throughout the project.